Happy New Year Everyone! I’ve been a bit slack about blogging over the festive period but I’m back now and what better way to start my Blogging Year than with a post for the Garden Share Collective hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. So much going on in my vege garden at the moment.
Come in and have a look…..
Did you smell the honeysuckle?
I’ve been having a bit of a love hate relationship with my Spice Bed. If you remember I nurtured some spicy seedlings all through Spring only to have them die on me when I planted them out in their allotted bed. So, I decided to throw the remaining seeds directly into the bed and look what has happened….
In just a month Caraway has gone from Zero to Hero….
Chamomile has really gone the Extra Mile….
….Hyssop, Anise and Black Cumin are all thriving.
Lemon Grass is looking magnificent and the Anise Hyssop in front? Well, I admit I bought a pot of it when the seedlings didn’t come through. So my spicy bed is doing well. The challenge is going to be collecting the seeds!
Moving onto easier veges to grow…courgettes. This has been the best year ever for courgettes; not a mildewed leaf in sight. But the odd thing is…I Don’t Know Why…. I haven’t done anything different except make the bed larger. I’ve frozen a few bagfuls already. In winter I combine them with onion, garlic, red peppers and a tin of cherry tomatoes and top a little pile of this vege mix with a piece of pan fried fish.
The Pimm’s Bed is looking really beautiful with tiny little white cucumber scrambling over the tee pee in the middle and with the bright red of the strawberries and bright blue of the borage. I’m still waiting for the spinach strawberries to appear….
The leaves are great in a salad though; very mild flavour and their shape is pretty special with it’s serrated edge. I’ve just realised that I forgot to plant the bed with mint….
Beanz Meanz Business this year in my garden. The King of the Blues is providing me with more beans than foliage this year. Last year I could barely find the beans hidden amongst all the leaves; this year you can spot them a mile away. The dwarf French Beans are also wonderful. You just have to top and tail them – I like a bean that requires little effort to prepare.
But the Star of the Show is the Snow Pea. I’ve tried for years to grow this sweet little vege and this year I did it! The reason I’m so pleased with my success is that we all really love snow peas and, also, they taste so much better home grown than shop bought.
I’ve finally got to grips with planting up lettuce every two weeks so we have been munching our way through salads. Planting under the Nashi Pear tree has also helped to stop it from going to seed in the heat.
Beetroot, little round carrots and radish are all coming along nicely. My aim is to harvest them as babies and eat them with a garlicky bagna cauda dip.
I would defiitely plant more of the Golden toasted sunflower. I love to see their bright yellow heads nodding in the breeze. I’m keeping an eye on them in order to harvest their edible seeds.
Calendular have been making my vege garden look beautiful and they are so useful too. I have been cutting off their heads and drying them over the last month to make a balm for bumps and bruises.
Toms are coming along nicely although I thought I’d have a few more ripe ones by now.
My feathery Florence Fennel has been swamped by potatoes! These potatoes were left over accidentally from last year. I might harvest around the bulbs and see what happens….
The greengages are few and far between this year but the plums are prolific! Plum jam anyone? Or in this heat perhaps plum sorbet…..
Have a great month in your garden and pop along to Strayed from the Table to read about other gardens around the world.